updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon October 10, 2011
iPad app so far missing new web features
(Updated with link, info for finished app) Facebook is finally launching its long-delayed iPad app later today, according to reports. The completed app is essentially identical to a leaked copy from July, sporting a two-pane view and many traits carried over from the iPhone interface. Conspicuously missing are some of Facebook's recent web additions, such as the Timeline view; the iPad app does however have features such as chat and fullscreen games.
Facebook says it is also planning to update its iPhone app with several changes. Most notable are bookmarks to apps, support for Facebook Credits, and a new Requests dialog that will show app notifications. The upgrades are categorized as still in development, but are expected soon, and should also be carried over to platforms like Android.
A native iPad app was previously one of the most common requests for Facebook. The company appeared to drag its heels though, rarely even making changes to the iPhone app, the most downloaded title on the App Store. The lead engineer on the iPad project quit the company partly because of the delay, and revealed that the software has been virtually finished since May. It remains unknown why Facebook would hold off for so long, but Apple and Facebook have had a rocky relationship in recent years, mostly because of fallout over Ping.
Update: The app is now live at the App Store. As expected it is in fact a universal title, merging iPhone and iPad code together. The planned bookmark and app features for the iPhone are already present, and Facebook has also added the ability to search for anything via any tab, and likewise see notifications anywhere in the app. When swiping between views, a user's position is retained in the News Feed.